February 6, 2014

Published February 06, 2014


Ellie, a horticulturist at Kew, stands on a ladder as she makes final adjustments during a media preview of an Orchid festival at Kew Botanical Gardens in London.  The exhibition is open to the public from Feb. 8 to March 9, and it includes a new new Phalaenopsis hybrid 'Diamond Sky' that has not been seen before.


Protesters shout slogans against Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan during a demonstration in Ankara.


An anti-government protester checks messages from her mobile phone at a rally site in Bangkok, Thailand.


Miners of Harmony Gold's Doornkop mine gather to mourn their colleagues who died in a mining accident in Doornkop, southwest of Johannesburg. Eight mineworkers trapped in an underground fire were found dead after overnight searches in one of South Africa's worst mine accidents since 2009.


People take a gas stove out of a damaged building following air strikes in the northern city of Aleppo, Syria, as the heavy casualty toll from the strikes has sparked a mass exodus.


People look the Spanish cargo ship "Luno" that slammed into a jetty in the choppy Atlantic Ocean waters and broke in two, off Anglet, southwestern France. The ship had been heading to a nearby port when its engine failed and the rough waves carried it into the jetty.


People wearing Guy Fawkes masks hold pictures of pro-presidential Regions' Party parliament members during a symbolic funeral in the center of Kyiv, Ukraine. Several thousand opposition protesters marched to pressure members of parliament to change the constitution so that the presidency's powers can be curbed.


A view of the Grenoble-Bastille cable car with the city of Grenoble, France, in the background. Téléphérique de Grenoble Bastille, also affectionately known as "Les bulles" (the bubbles), was inaugurated on Sept.  29, 1934.


Armin Zoeggeler of Italy has his feet and the track reflected in his helmet as he starts a run during a training session for the men's singles luge at the 2014 Winter Olympics, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.


A mother and her child feed birds in the Belarus capital, Minsk.


A pigeon eyes a piece of bread outside the Greek Parliament, as anti-austerity protesters hold up banners in Athens, Greece.


Chinese visitors enjoy sledding and skating on the partially frozen Houhai Lake during the Lunar New Year holiday in Beijing.


China's Ning Qin competes in the Women's Freestyle Skiing Moguls qualifications at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park during the Sochi Winter Olympics, Russia.


A Nepalese man sits beside intricately-carved windows and doors at the Bhaktapur Durbar Square area in Bhaktapur, some 12 kilometers southeast of Kathmandu. Bhaktapur, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was once the capital of Nepal during the great Malla Kingdom until the second half of the 15th century.

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